In July, Ted Cruz won the runoff to become the Republican nominee for Senate in Texas by a surprisingly large margin.
His challenger was David Dewhurst, the state’s lieutenant governor who had more funds, name recognition and the endorsements of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Nonetheless, Cruz bested Dewhurst by more than 10 percentage points.
Cruz’s father fled oppression in Cuba for Austin, Texas. Growing up in Texas, Cruz gave over 70 speeches on the Constitution across the state before heading to college at Princeton University.
The tea party favorite went on to earn a law degree from Harvard, where he was an editor of the law review, and clerk for late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. After working on President George W. Bush’s 2000 election campaign, he spent time working at the Federal Trade Commission and in the Justice Department.
In 2003, Cruz became Texas’ solicitor general, serving in that role until 2008. He has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by National Law Journal as well as one of the “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century” by Texas Lawyer.
The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas recently interviewed Cruz about the tea party label, what he sees as the erosion of America’s national sovereignty, the failings of both parties to cut spending and much more.
TheDC has also reached out to Cruz’s Democratic opponent, Paul Sadler, for an interview. No interview has yet been scheduled.
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